London’s Daily Mail is reporting that The Coen Brother’s next, next project will be a recreation of the John Wayne classic True Grit. Not necessarily a remake, perhaps more of a retelling of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel. Full Story
I picked up the hardcover version of Michael Chabon’s “Yiddish Policemen’s Union” for $5.98 today. If you haven’t yet read the Coen Brother’s upcoming project, it might be worth a trip to Barnes & Noble to scour the bargain bins!
George Wyner is an actor a lot like Adam Arkin and Richard Kind. He’s done a great deal of television work including Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, and LA Law. He’s also had a few notable Film appearances in Spaceballs and Fletch.
In A Serious Man he plays Rabbi Natcher one of the 3 rabbi’s Larry Gopnik seeks out for advice.
The second actor we’re looking at is Adam Arkin. Like Richard Kind he’s had an extensive career in television. He’s been featured in more than 80 films and tv series spanning his 40 year career. Most recently seen in the now cancelled television series “Life”.
This son of Alan Arkin is playing the role of Don Milgram in “A Serious Man” which is currently in post-production. Fitting since this guy never seems to smile. I’m not able to find much information about this particular character. If you know how he fits in the story let me know. Look for “A Serious Man” in limited release on October 2nd.
Every day or so I’ll be posting a little info on a member of the cast of the Coen Brothers next film. Today we’re taking a look at Richard Kind.
I first saw him on the TV series Mad About You playing the husband of Jamie’s (Helen Hunt) friend. He starred in Spin City for the entire run of the show. Richard also appeared regularly on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Though most recognized for his work in television he has appeared in several films in minor supporting roles including Stargate, Bewitched, and The Producers. He is close friends with George Clooney which may have something to do with his appearance in a major supporting role in A Serious Man
Producer of “No Country for Old Men” Scott Rudin owns the film rights to Michael Chabon’s 2007 Book The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: A Novel (P.S.). It was announced last year that Joel and Ethan Coen will be adapting and directing the story for a 2010 release.
This will be the second consecutive Coen Brothers film examining Jewish life in America.
Here’s the summary of the book from the jacket. “For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown.
But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life—and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage—and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears.
At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.”
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?
The Highlights are Michael Stuhlbarg, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolf, Sari Wagner, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin. But you can see everybody on IMDB.
The latest Coen Brothers Film “A Serious Man” will be coming in 2009. Set in their childhood town of St. Louis Park, MN. Filing wrapped up in November 2008. It will be released sometime mid 2009.